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The Devil's Pitchfork (Derek Stillwater Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil's Pitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you'll read this year."

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"A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil's Pitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you'll read this year."

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  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738708836
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: OROX Books; Electronic 1 edition (May 7, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LSTW3E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Terry is the author of the Derek Stillwater thrillers, THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK, THE SERPENT'S KISS, and THE FALLEN, as well as several standalone thrillers, including DIRTY DEEDS, CATFISH GURU, and DANCING IN THE DARK. Born in Flint, Michigan in 1964, he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in microbiology and public health, which has informed his Derek Stillwater thrillers and other fiction. After spending 18 years working in clinical genetics, he turned to writing full time. When not writing or reading, Mark Terry is a gym rat, lifting weights, biking, running, kayaking, studying Sanchin-Ryu karate, and playing the guitar. Otherwise he spends his time with his wife and two sons in Michigan.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Andersen on July 27, 2012
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With The Devil's Pitchfork, author Mark Terry hits the ground running. The book opens during Iraq I, with the protagonist using laser guidance to target an air strike on an Iraqi weapons depot which contains chemical/biological weapons.

The story then moves to a bio lab near Baltimore where a group has overcome security and stolen a genetically created Bio weapon. Enter Derek Stillwater now a trouble shooter for Homeland Security and an expert on Bio weapons. Now the chase is on, and as the reader learns early on, the primary suspect is a former colleague of Stillwater's from his days in the army.

Very quick paced as the whole story takes place over just a couple of days, with a lot of bodies piling up.

Stillwater is unlike any thriller genre `hero' you have ever read about. Prior to the big action, he experiences panic attacks and gets physically ill. Writers in the thriller genre have a lot of competition and, for the most part, over worked plots. Kudos to the author who can make his characters stand out from the crowd. Mark Terry does that with Stillwater and his affliction.

On the negative side, while I am a fan of action thrillers, there is a point where there is too much action. As the story develops, this book has a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. They involve different characters, but it still became annoying after a bit. But, that's just the way I look at it, your mileage may vary. Also, as with so many of the self published Ebooks, this one was in dire need of an editor. Twice, on the same page, Terry called his protag., Stillwater, Clearwater. How can an author do that?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Estrada on December 10, 2006
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I love a good techno-thriller, and I'm thrilled (pun intended) that there's a new writer who can match the talents of all my favorites. Terry obviously has in-depth knowledge of chemical-biological warfare, and he has us believing that the scenario in Pitchfork is real possibility. The hero, Derek Stillwater, is a step above other thriller heros because he has a human side, not the perfect world saving robot that other authors use. I highly recommend this book to any thriller fan. You may never open a can of Coke again!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Simon Stratford on October 26, 2006
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I loved this book! I was hooked from the start. There's a lot of action and also a lot of mystery. The thing that sets this book apart from others is that there is always a surprise waiting around the corner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Marsh on April 1, 2010
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It deserves four and a half stars. I can't give it five, because it has two instances of an important character's last name showing up with the wrong first name, and I find that annoying. It means the author was writing at high speed, and the editor was not doing his or her job very well. The plot was good and kept me wanting to keep reading instead of turning in for the night. The characters were a wee bit thin, but the good guys were clearly good, and you hated the bad guys. I'll be buying and reading the rest of Mr. Terry's output, and if you like suspenseful techno-thrillers, I can recommend The Devil's Pitchfork to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shycat on November 11, 2013
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This is the first book in the series that I've read. The action is non-stop and unfortunately, the plot is all too realistic. It would make a good story for an action movie. The ending was predictable, but that's what you get with a series. My only criticism is the poor editing job someone did. If not for that, I would have given it a 5 star rating.
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The action starts on the first page and doesn't end till the Epilogue. A madman bent on killing off the majority of the human race to start the world over and a troubleshooter for Homeland Security out to stop him lead the cast of characters. The good guys appear to stay one step behind the terrorists the traitors continually pop out of the wood work. You will find yourself, among other things, in a Level 4 bio-hazard lab with a 100% deadly pathogen, ducking and running from flying bullets (more than once), and facing mind-numbing torture.

The plot is tight with only a couple of obvious "I know what is going to happen next" moments. There are a few grammatical and editing errors, but not enough in volume or importance to interfere with the read. This is a good old "smart, tough" good guys against "totally bonkers" bad guys novel. I'll definitely be looking for more Derek Stillwater novels.
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By J.D. Rhoades on August 10, 2014
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Mark Terry's first thriller featuring bioterrorism expert and "troubleshooter" Derek Stillwater is an engaging, fast-moving, and entertaining read. Stillwater's not your average thriller protagonist: he's prone to panic attacks (not surprising, given the nasty things he's working with)and he makes mistakes, sometimes fatal ones. But that makes him a lot more interesting than the infallible supermen that seem to be the norm in thriller fiction.

What really raises a thriller up, however, is a credible and scary villain. This one, a former colleague of Stillwater's who calls himself "Fallen," is a doozy. No one's sure why he's so crazy--one theory is his exposure to nerve agents in the first Gulf war has damaged his nervous system--but crazy he is, and brilliant as well, with absolutely no compassion left in him. He's chillingly rendered and he'll keep you up at night.

Recommended.
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